Karimnagar: It is widely being discussed among the Bharatiya Janata Party circles here that Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidhyasagar Rao is one of the contenders for the post of Vice-President.
Though the issue of the selection of candidates for VP will come up after completion of the election for President scheduled to be held on July 15, it is a hot topic among the district party circles.
Positive and negatives points of Vidhyasagar Rao are being discussed by the leaders.
District party leaders strongly believed that the party would give priority to south India in the selection of candidates for VP post since it has chosen north Indian candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the President post.
If south was the choice of the party, two persons Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Vidhyasagar Rao (Telangana) are the strong contenders for the post.
There are also candidates from Karnataka who have served as Chief Ministers and Ministers but they are not much influential.
Though Venkaiah Naidu is an influential person in the party, Vidhyasagar Rao has close association with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a senior party leader said.
Being a Union Minister of State for Home, Vidhyasagar Rao supported Modi during Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2013. At that time, he developed rapport with Modi and has been continuing the same till now, he said.
Some of the senior party leaders from New Delhi informed him that the name of Vidhyasagar Rao is also being considered for VP post by the party, he said.
A senior party leader from Telangana, Vidhyasagar Rao was elected MLA for three times from Metpalli constituency from 1985 to 1998. He was also elected MP twice from Karimnagar in 1998 and 1999.
He was appointed as the Governor of Maharashtra in 2014 after BJP led NDA government came to power.
Another party leader said top constitutional posts of the country should be filled by the senior and committed party works. However, the party has nominated its own party candidates by setting aside all rumors. So, VP post would also be filled with BJP candidate.